This October, at Roundhouse, will see the coming together of two popular Sydney events – the Sydney Latin Festival and Salsa Palladium – for the Sydney Salsa and Mambo Convention (SSMC). The weekend event, to be held 15 – 16 October, will include 33 hours of workshops in Salsa, Mambo, Afro-Cuban, Cha Cha, Pachanga, Son, Boogaloo and Bachata, as well as 11 hours of technical training in body movement, fast feet, spins drills, balance, posture and speed, and musicality. There will also be an educational seminar about the history of Salsa and Mambo by Puerto Rican living legends Tito and Tamara.
The convention will feature a room dedicated to technique training, which will be the first for any event in Australia. The SSMC is open to everyone from students, to teachers and professionals.
Some of the ballroom industry’s top artists from around the world will be leading classes. These artists include Tito and Tamara (Puerto Rico), Carine and Rafael (Brazil), Robert and Isabel (Dominican Republic and US), and Gabriel and Leticia (Argentina). Live music will be played by the 16-piece Mucho Mambo Orchestra.
The SSMC will offer something for everyone, of all levels, ages and interests. Aside from the 33 workshops and 11 hours of technical training, there will be three nights of parties, including a Bachata Room; shows with multiple times World Champions; and a Qualifier for the World Latin Dance Cup, the world’s largest and most prestigious Latin dance competition.
For a full schedule and to buy tickets to the Sydney Salsa and Mambo Convention, visit www.salsamambo.com.au.
By Laura Di Orio of Dance Informa.